ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Iconic rainbow lighting will return to The Civil Courts building downtown to mark the 40th anniversary St. Louis PrideFest, and more importantly, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising which LGBTQIA+ Pride celebrations worldwide commemorate.
A brief lighting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the South steps of Soldier's Memorial (1315 Chestnut) at 8:15 p.m. Speakers will include remarks from Ameren UE Executives, who helped fund the impressive lighting, with help from the Gateway Foundation.
Also on hand will be members of the Pride St. Louis Board of Directors and representatives from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Employee Allies Network (GLEAN), who all worked with Todd Alan and Jesse Doggendorf, Pride's Directors of Corporate Sponsorship, to return a symbol that is seen from all corners of the Gateway City.
Completed in 1930, The Civil Courts Building (located at 10. N. Tucker), with its pyramid shaped roof is a centerpiece of the city skyline and framed by the Gateway Arch. The building was first lit up in Pride colors in 2013 when a St. Louis-based company plugged in 60 LED light fixtures placed atop the landmark turning the upper portion into a prismatic rainbow in late June.
As in years past, organizers had to receive permission from the City and Civil Courts to do the lighting.
St. Louis joins a growing list of cities lighting up landmarks to commemorate LGBTQIA+ Pride. St. Louis PrideFest will be held June 29-30, 2019 at Soldier’s Memorial downtown.